The Wellingtonista

Random stuff about Wellington since 2005


Are you Super? Will you Submit

by Sue Tyler February 26, 2015

The local government commission has proposed a reorganisation of the Wellington region, which you can read more about over on the local government commission site. The regional council is split over the proposal. Perhaps more importantly, according to Stuff, only 26% of Wellingtonians are in favour of the proposal. We’re not taking a side here […]

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Nga Manu Nature Reserve (Waikanae)

by Heather C November 23, 2014

Yep, its not food. ¬†But I was seriously¬†impressed with this place in our back yard that I had no clue existed. Nga Manu is the largest remaining remnant of coastal lowland swamp forest on the Kapiti Coast, and was established as a reserve in 1974.¬† It has developed over the years to the well laid […]

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Putting them away with JK: We attend an Event at Tuatara’s new brewery

by Mr Goulter October 11, 2012

It’s 9:50am and the glitterati of Paraparaumu are itching to get they drank on. Outside the brand-new Tuatara Brrry (or Brewery, as it’s known on paper), they huddle under the awning to escape a rain that never falls, hugging the outer wall of the benighted edifice — hoping, perhaps, to osmose their way to double-vision. […]

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Plenty to wine about

by Joanna March 15, 2007

There comes a time in everyone’s life when they feel the need to leave Wellington, even if it’s just for one day. No really, it happens! And a particularly good day to get out of town, if you don’t like the colour green, or potatoes, or Guiness or drunken fake-Irish louts, would be this Saturday. So where to go to get away? How about a wine festival – after we all know, that wine drinkers are a better class of people than beer drinkers – somewhere out of town but still nearby?

Well it just so happens that March 17 is your lucky day, with not one but two festivals taking place nearby. There’s the Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival in Gladstone (as well as the International Balloon Fiesta and the day before Round the Vines, and also the Great Wellington Wine and Food Festival in Paekakariki. So how do you choose which one to go to when they both cost $25 for an entrance fee? Take our quiz to find out.

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The Southward Car Museum

by Martha Craig January 5, 2007

Looking for something to do with all these loooong, sunny days we’re having? Let me recommend a trip to the Southward Car Museum, just north of Paraparaumu.

Driving into the carpark you feel like you’ve spent back in time – to the 1960s. The building is fantastic, a large concrete bunker. The grounds are carefully manicured, with beds of marigolds. Take your old Tupperware picnic set and relive a simpler time.

Walking in, there is a 1960s Ferrari on a rotating plinthe, and a gorgeous Mercedes sports car. You can’t help but play “which car would you take home” – except by the time you leave it is “which dozen cars, planes, and bikes would you take home”.

Entry is $10 for adults, $3 for children (5-15), and pre-schoolers are free.

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Te Horo’s Hydeaway!

by llew July 6, 2005

I know a dark secluded place A place where no one knows your face A glass of wine a fast embrace It’s called…Te Horo’s Hydeaway…CAFE (Apologies to Adler & Ross.) About 50 minutes drive North of Wellingon on State Highway 1, is the turnoff to Te Horo beach. On the corner on your left, is […]

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